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Published On: Sat, Sep 29th, 2012

Philippines DOH monitoring Chikungunya outbreak in Surigao del Sur

The Department of Health (DOH) is monitoring the outbreak of chikungunya, a disease caused by the same mosquito species that spreads dengue, in Surigao del Sur.

Unconfirmed reports say there have been 114 cases of the viral disease in Surigao del Sur; however, DOH Assistant Secretary Dr. Eric Tayag said only a few have been confirmed.

The virus is not new to the Philippines, in fact, there were more than 1,000 cases reported across the archipelago last year.

On Thursday, Tayag warned through Twitter:

#chikungunya also causes fever and skin rash similar to dengue but mostly affects adults unlike #dengue in wc children are mostly affected

Tayag said  chikungunya had been around in the Philippines in the 1990s, but he said they noted an increase of cases in the last two years.

Many of the cases are in Metro Manila, Laguna, Pangasinan, and parts of Mindanao, he said.

Chikungunya fever is a viral disease transmitted to humans by the bite of infected mosquitoes, particularly Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus (the “Asian Tiger Mosquito”). Chikungunya virus is a member of the genus Alphavirus, in the family Togaviridae. Chikungunya fever is diagnosed based on symptoms, physical findings (e.g., joint swelling), laboratory testing, and the possibility of exposure to infected mosquitoes. There is no specific treatment or vaccine available for chikungunya fever; care is based on symptoms. Chikungunya infection is not usually fatal.

Surigao del Sur, Philippines

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